Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jun 2010 21:27 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft has fixed the distribution scope of a toolbar update that, without the user's knowledge, installed an add-on in Internet Explorer and an extension in Firefox called Search Helper Extension. Microsoft told us that the new update is actually the same as the old one; the only difference is the distribution settings. In other words, the update will no longer be distributed to toolbars that it shouldn't be added to. End users won't see the tweak, Microsoft told Ars, and also offered an explanation on what the mystery add-on actually does."
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Comment by marcp
by marcp on Sat 12th Jun 2010 17:56 UTC
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2007-11-23

Hmm, glad I can say that I don't really care what they do, because I don't use their OS.

However, I would be very mad If I were Windows user. I'd probobly sue them, or just stop using their products.

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RE: Comment by marcp
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 12th Jun 2010 18:19 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

However, I would be very mad If I were Windows user. I'd probobly sue them, or just stop using their products.

By agreeing to Microsoft's EULA to be "allowed" to use their OS in the first place you would have probably waived that right... so you'd be screwed if you wanted to sue. You'd be forced to go to Plan B, stop using their products. Don't you just love how Microsoft weasels their massive monopolistic corporate ass out of everything? And of course, Microsoft is not the only company to do so, not even close, just to make that clear. But they were certainly one of the first to jump on this proprietary/licensed software idea and make it common.

Edited 2010-06-12 18:23 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Sat 12th Jun 2010 22:10 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

Hmm, that's a good point. Should I mention I don't use *any* proprietary software just to make sure my rights are satisfied. And by *any* I mean *none*, because I always try to choose from the liberal licenses, like ISC, BSD. GPL, etc.

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RE: Comment by marcp
by contextfree on Sun 13th Jun 2010 04:49 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
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2009-06-01

What would be the grounds for your lawsuit? What damages would you claim?

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